I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review.
If I could give this 4.5 stars I would.
This was a fun book to read. Being from the south, there were many relatable parts. Even if you aren’t from the south, I think you will enjoy this book. The author created strong characters that felt real. If the main character were real, I think we’d be friends. It is a quick read, but I had to get through it to see how the ending panned out so I think that’s why I read it so fast. I normally read fantasy, but this provided a much-needed break from vampires and fairies. It’s nice to read something different every once in awhile. I will buy this for a friend of mine when it comes out just because she will be happy to see I have other interests and it was THAT good.
Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning aren’t helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail.
Merilee finds some measure of peace in the cottage she is renting from town matriarch Sugar Prescott. Though stubborn and irascible, Sugar sees something of herself in Merilee—something that allows her to open up about her own colorful past.
Sugar’s stories give Merilee a different perspective on the town and its wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, and even on her new friendship with Heather Blackford. Merilee is charmed by the glamorous young mother’s seemingly perfect life and finds herself drawn into Heather’s world.
In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee’s house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women….
I grew up being a voracious reader and it was a natural step to turn my interest to writing. I have published award-winning and bestselling novels including my latest release, FLIGHT PATTERNS, a multi-generational story of love, loss and mystery set along the gulf coast of Florida in Apalachicola. FLIGHT PATTERNS was released by Penguin Random House in May, 2016.
I write what others have termed “grit-lit”–southern women’s fiction, as well as a contemporary paranormal mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. All of my books are set in the US South, and feature a female protagonist at a crossroads in her life.
On January 10, 2017, THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY–the fifth book in the Tradd Street series, will be released. I’m so excited to be continuing Melanie and Jack’s story–with a whole host of characters, both old and new.
In April, 2017 THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT will be released. Set in suburban Atlanta in the fictional town of Sweet Apple, this is the book I’m calling my “Steel Magnolias” meets “The Girl on the Train.” Spanning from the Depression era to modern day, it’s a story of three very different women, and the true meaning of friendship.
I live near Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, two children, and two of the cutest Havanese dogs, Quincy and Sophie. Readers may recognize Quincy as General Lee in the Tradd Street series.